Bed bugs are one of those pests everyone associates with filth, but anyone can be infested. If Clinton homeowners are not diligent and careful, bed bugs can make themselves right at home.
How To Identify A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Clinton Home
In order to combat a bed bug infestation, it is important to know what a bed bug is. Bed bugs are parasitic pests which means they rely completely on another living creature or a host to live. In this non-consensual relationship, parasites gain all of the benefits and offer nothing in return, often doing harm to their host. Bed bugs are very small, wingless insects. They are reddish-brown in color. When unfed, bed bugs are flat and oval in shape; however, when fed, bed bugs become plump and engorged.
Bed bugs live off of the blood of their hosts. They find their hosts by detecting the carbon dioxide that is produced when mammals breathe out. Humans are their hosts of choice, although they will feed on any warm-blooded animal that is available. Once their victim is spotted, they bite through their skin and fill themselves up on blood in order to get their nutrients. Bed bugs are nocturnal pests, meaning they rest during the day and are active at night. As such, they prefer dark and cozy hiding places. They choose the nighttime to feed on their human hosts whenever possible.
The Symptoms Of A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Clinton Home
A bed bug infestation can happen very rapidly since bed bugs reproduce quickly. Female bed bugs lay one to five eggs per day. Once the babies, or nymphs, hatch, they grow to adulthood within three short weeks. Bed bugs can find their way into your home through infested furniture, electronics, luggage, and clothing. Furthermore, visiting a hotel or a business that is infested can leave you with a few unwanted stowaways. There are some key signs to look out for that will likely signal a bed bug infestation, such as:
- Small collections of shed bed bug skin.
- Tiny red or brown fecal spots on furniture.
- Bite marks that are red and itchy.
- Bloodstains on sheets, after being bitten.
- A musty odor the bed bugs give off from their glands.
- Small white spots are found in the crevices of furniture, likely eggs.
- Seeing a bed bug, most often in or around your mattress.
Why DIY Bed Bug Control Is A Waste Of Time And Money
As unsettling as bed bugs are, it is not wise to rush into the fray with do-it-yourself tactics. Do-it-yourself methods can be very dangerous to you and especially so for pets and small children. Additionally, there are many sources of misinformation when it comes to dealing with a bed bug infestation on your own. This misinformation can lead to hours of wasted time and a lot of money down the drain. Lastly, if a bed bug infestation is not treated properly, it can actually make the infestation worse. Bed bugs may burrow deeper into the home and become much more evasive. As they hide, they will continue to reproduce, their numbers will swell, and they can move to a different part of the home.
The Most Effective Way To Entirely Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Your Clinton Home
It is best to leave infestations, especially parasitic infestations like bed bugs, to the professionals. A professional, like Pest Control Consultants, can ensure that every bed bug is safely and permanently removed from the home. We also provide thorough follow-up and pre-treatments to avoid any future infestations. Protect your Clinton home from parasites and pests, give Pest Control Consultants a call today!